Buenos Aires, October 09, 2018-The Qatari swimmer Yacob al-Khulaifi failed to qualify for the final of the 100m butterfly at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Sunday night.
Al-Khulaifi finished second in his heats in a time of 57.09 seconds, but that wasn't enough for the youngster to secure a placed in the final. However, al-Khulaifi was pleased with his performance. “Thank God, I am happy with the timing that I achieved, which is close to the standard mark," he said.
Al-Khulaifi was the Qatar's flagbearer at the opening ceremony on Saturday. The 17-year-old qualified for the event on the basis of his strong performances at the Sarajevo International Swimming Championships in Bosnia and Herzegovina this year where he won the 50m butterfly gold and a silver in the 200m freestyle. He also clocked good times during the recent FINA Swimming World Cup in Doha.